In 1979, Norma Kenney, locally known as “The Velvet Steamroller”, founded the Mission Heritage Association (MHA), with a mandate to preserve the area’s local heritage. Through this Association, Kenney became the driving force for preserving a particular piece of crown land that was slated for high-density development. Under the charming and persistent leadership of Norma Kenney, the MHA lobbied the government to conserve the site formerly used by the St. Mary’s Mission and Residential School; and in 1986, forty-four acres of the original land became what is now the Fraser River Heritage Park. The following year, Rob Littler, the founder of Artisan Log and Timber Homes, taught his very first log home building course. Eventually, Rob and a dozen of his eager students built The Norma Kenny House, named after Norma to honour her commitment to founding the MHA, and her perseverance in achieving the dream of having the St. Mary’s property designated as a park. This beautiful log home, located at Heritage Park in Mission BC, boasts stunning views of the Fraser Valley and surrounding mountains, most notably the majestic Mount Baker. Read more
- January 15, 2016
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It’s hard to believe that 2015 has come and gone and we are already well into the 2016 calendar year. This past year we had the pleasure of traveling around Western Canada and the US working with clients to help build their dream homes into a reality. We traveled to some beautiful countryside and completed some stunning projects.Read more
- December 19, 2015
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If you have ever driven by a log yard you may have seen a number of timber structures being built on site. Because of this notation that log homes are built on site and then taken down and shipped to their destination they often get confused as being prefab homes.Read more
In 1973, at the ripe old age of 19, Rob Littler, founder of Artisan Log Homes bought a piece of land in Northern B.C, and a log building book by B. Allan Mackie. Some thought he was crazy, but he had a vision of becoming a builder of pioneer log homes. He soon had a permit to fell some local trees on crown land, bought a 1947 Dodge Power Wagon and went to work. It took a couple of years and some pioneering initiatives until one of his first ever pioneer log homes ever came to fruition. In true spirit of pioneer log homes, Rob fell the trees within a small radius of his land, skidded them down the trails and proceeded to cut them by axe and an old heavy chainsaw. He also rigged up a high line to lift the logs into place.
For 34 years Artisan Custom Log Construction has been designing and building custom , high quality, unique, log structures for people like you, our customers. Building styles change, techniques change and markets change, but our commitment to our customers has always stayed the same. From the first phone call to the last log being installed, Artisan will be there to inform, consult and support our customers in building log homes and log cabins until they are fully satisfied.
Buildings by Artisan meet or exceed all standards of the British Columbia Building Code. We currently export to the United States and Japan. We are proud to announce that Europe and South America will be the next international markets that Artisan will begin working with.
We are proud members of :
• The International Log Builders Association
• The Log Building Industry Association of British Columbia
• The Better Business Bureau of British Columbia A+ rating